Local 6 Today examines new report ranking healthiest counties


Web Editor - Ryan Burkett

Rankings are out showing the healthiest counties in each state in the U.S.

The annual County Health Rankings by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation examine the health and well-being of residents by looking at several factors. They include rates of childhood poverty, rates of smoking, obesity levels, access to physicians and dentists and access to healthy foods.

Here is a look at the top five counties in our viewing area in each of our four states:

Out of 120 counties in Kentucky, Lyon County is at the top at #4 overall. Calloway trails at #9, Graves is at #33, Marshall is #34 and McCracken is #37.

In Illinois, which has 102 counties, Pope County has the top ranking in the Local 6 area at #60. Johnson is #62, Union at #67, Jackson is #73 and Williamson is #87.

In Missouri, which has 115 counties, Cape Girardeau is on top in the Local 6 area at #24 overall. Scott County ranked #94, Mississippi ranked #107 and New Madrid ranked #113.

Out of Tennessee's 95 counties, Weakley County ranked #15, followed by Obion at #49, Lake at #72 and Henry at #86.

Check out the video for more on specific indicators, including the percentage of people in poor or fair health and county-by-county smoking rates.

For more information on the annual County Health Rankings report, click here.